Facelift Side Effects: What to Expect After Surgery By tmccall on October 10, 2014

A woman looks to the sideThe team at Lake Country Plastic and Hand Surgery is committed to helping patients in the greater Milwaukee area with all of their aesthetic needs. One of the best options we have for improving people's appearances is the facelift, a facial rejuvenation sugery that tightens skins and reduces wrinkles.

Many patients have questions about side effects after they undergo facelift. Let's go over some of the basics when it comes to side effects after a facelift.

How common are side effect after a facelift?

Side effects are a common part of any surgery. They are simply a sign that you are healing and that you body is responding to the changes that have been made. Side effects are much different from complications, which are not normal and tend to involve various kinds of health problems that must be addressed as soon as possible.

With that in mind, let's cover some of the basics when it comes to facelift side effects.

Discomfort and Pain

Pain and discomfort are to be expected after surgery, and it tends to be its worst in the first days after surgery. Prescription pain medication will be provided in order for patients to get through the first few days with as little discomfort as possible.

Bruising and Swelling

Bruising and swelling are both common side effects after facelift surgery as well. Most of the bruising and significant swelling will have faded by the end of the first week, at which time most patients will be able to return to work. Rest and keeping your head slightly elevated will help you get over swelling sooner.

Numbness or Tingling

Many patients note issues with numbness or tingling of the face as they heal, especially around the incision sites and sides of the face. These sensations may continue for a few weeks, but rest assured that this is normal and will diminish as the weeks and months go by.

Post-Surgical Scarring

Scarring is the reality whenever an incision is made in the skin. We will always do our best to hide the incisions as well as we can, keeping them behind the ears and concealed by the hairline. Keep in mind that genetics, skin type, and other personal factors will affect the nature of scarring that you experience after surgery.

How to Reduce the Severity of Side Effects

We've provided a few recommendations for dealing with these side effects, but the best way to reduce the severity and duration of post-surgical side effects is to follow your surgeon's instructions to the letter. This goes for pre-op and post-op instructions. The pre-op instructions ensure the most ideal conditions for the surgery to be performed and the post-op instructions ensure that you are in ideal health for avoiding complications.

If you notice acute pain, redness, swelling, or anything else that may seem out of the ordinary, be sure to contact your plastic surgeon and the surgery team as soon as possible. This will allow pressing issues to be addressed without resulting in more serious problems.

Learn More About Facial Plastic Surgery

To learn more about your many different options for facial rejuvenation and fighting signs of advanced age, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. The team at Lake Country Plastic and Hand Surgery looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve a more ideal appearance in the process.

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Dr. Tracy McCall

Lake Country Plastic and Hand Surgery

Dr. Tracy McCall is a board-certified plastic surgeon that has been providing exceptional results to patients since 2001. She is an active member of several professional organizations, including:

  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Association of Women Surgeons

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